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ties in these days to consult on vital problems relating to human ity and to bettering human and social relations is one of the prom inent features in most advanced localities. When the Pharisees reproved Jesus and his disciples for plucking ears of corn on the sabbath to satisify their hunger as they were walking through the fields he replied that the sabbath was made for man and not man for the sabbath, and asked also which one of them would not get his ox out of the pit into which it had happened to fall 011 the sabbath. Now the great part of humanity is in the ditch today and it is only by combined effort that it can be rescued. Sunday Lecture by Wm. A. Ward Mr. Wm. A. Ward, a lecturer fif considerable prominence. ad dressed the Men's Christian and Civic Association last. Sunday evening, the subject of his talk being "'The Rediscovery of, Christ." .Mr. Ward brought a somewhat unusual message to I his audience and seeming to rea iize that it might appear so, said that in speaking he wished to feel free to present Iiis thoughts in his own way and that he thought it was good sometimes lor people to hear the other side. The Bible is full of social mes sages to the world and thus far the world does not seem to have grasped them. How strange it is that after two thousand-years Christianity has not succeeded in christianizing any of our civilized nations. Conditions are more or less appalling in all of them. Mil lions are suffering fr the blight of poverty, hundreds are on the verge of starvation, women and children are everywhere perish ing in the struggle for existence. Every morning an army of two million children march forth to their day of toil. The records of the courts reveal injustice, graft, corruption and vice. The heath en sacrifice of infants to the Nile is not to be compared to the sac rifice of children on the altar of greed in enlightened, civilized countries. How is it that so many evils exist in Christendom? Obviously Christianity has not christianized. Is it Christianity that has failed or is it we who have failed? We have preserved our Christianity through all the ages—indeed it seems to have been too carefully preserved— we have not worn our religion. Now the wonderful thing about this christian religion of ours is the fact that it cannot wear out, the more it is used the more at tractive, beautiful and lovable it becomes. Why then has Chris tianity not produced a greater effect on life? The trouble lies in the fact that its great princi ples have not been properly ap plied to these evils. It has been beautifully applied in private life but has never been properly and intelligently brought to bear up on our great social problems, and it is our duty to learn how to use its principles intelligently in combating the evils of the age. We must discover how to estab lisha christian government and christian industry. Christianity is a religion for social beings and their social re lations. A man marooned on a deserted island could not pract ice Christianity. He could not love his neighbor as himself, he could not feed the hungry or clothe the naked for there would be no one whom he could help. But wo have an opportunity to do all these things and we have a re ligion which can be applied to every branch of our government, to finance, to industry and to pol itics as well as to private life, and if we do not do our whole du t.v in these matters we are only half christians, for each individ ual is an intricate part: of the whole social order. It is impossible to change the life without affecting society. A physician cures the individual but is not satisfied with that in a locality where an epidemic rages. He searches out and destroys the source of the disease that he may thereby root out the whole evil. We cannot plant a rose in a barren and stony soil and say "My rose is a rose and will ever be a rose in spite of its surround ings." Just so must each chris tian be influenced by his environ ment. Christ in his parable of the sower spoke of the seed sown by the wayside where the birds could devour it, upon rocky pla ces and among the thorns, and it appears that, too many of the seeds of Christianity have fallen in such places. Wipe out the tenements, the poverty and the social evil and the results will be like the seed sown on good ground. People are now begin ning to realize that the church has a social vision. Church or ganizations are beginning to unite and demand a living wage for workers, and a cessation of the oppression of women and chil dren, honest government honest measures, honest foods. We need to be more fearless in ex posing evils and to have a more practical and definate program. We shall rediscover Christ when we apply his teachings to the ev ils which surround us. At the time Christ lived in Pal estine, the evil conditions, the misery and the oppression were appalling. Christ did not attack the government because he rea lized that he could not corn bat it successfully alone he must first get a hearing and a following and a band of agitators. He knew too that he was being constantly watched, that if he said a word against the Roman government his life would be destroyed and he could not accomplish his life work therefore he shrewdly and wisely remarked '"Render unto Caesar the things which are Cae sar's, and unto God the things which are God's." Christ's moth er was a strong, noble character, a wzman ot the pure Jewish type. Like other Jewish mothers she had a hope that her child might be the promised Messiah, the one who would relieve her people from bondage and oppression, and it was her lofty and noble purpose that helped, instil in Je sus a sense of his mission and a hatred of the oppression and th shams of the times. The speaker then gave incident after incident of Christ's life and teachings showing how he, a man of the working class, toiling at the carpenter's bench, knew the sorrows of the people and was acquainted with their griefs how he sympathized with the poor and needy, how he taught the curse of riches in his parable about Lazaras, and in his saying that it was harder for a rich man to enter heaven than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle how he bitterly attacked the Pharisees. Christ did not sep arate the individual from society Vol. 21 SISSETON, ROBERTS COUNTY, S. !., FRIDAY, APRIL 1914 and the repentance lie taught meant change in character and conduct. Soon his teachings bore too heavily on economics, and the upper classes were em bittered against him and in three short years his work on earth was ended. As his poor mangled body hung on the cross he cried "My God, why hast thou forsak en me?" The despair of Jesus is the despair of millions today who are ground down by the weight of poverty and who are suffering under the wrongs in our social world. 1 Christ, were here, would he not again cry out and spare rot.? Let us remem ber we are our brother's keeper, ami that. Christianity is one great work- for human brotherhood in which we may all engage. The signs of the times indicate that we are beginning to realize what Christianity really means and that ahead ot all this turmoil is the rediscovered Christ who will come into his own, and smile to see the reign of justice and peace. The special musical feature of the evening's service was a solo, "Hold Thou My Hand." by Mrs. Jesse Cottinghain which was very well received. Mrs. J. C. Knapp played for all the music of the evening. Next Sunday night Prof. .1. F. Downey of the Universitr of Min nesota will be the speaker. His subject will be, "The Stars and What They Teacl." The writer has had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Downey give this lecture and can heartily recommend it as being something tine. Pre-nuptial Events. Last Saturday evening a very pleasant social event took place at the home of Mrs. E. J. Turner where Mrs. Turner and Miss No ra Freeman entertained in honor of Miss Alice Kennedy who is soon to become a bride. Four teen people, all old friends of Miss Kennedy, were present. The first feature of the evening's entertainment was a kaleidoscop ic picture of the prospective bride's life, past and future, giv en in pantomime by little Miss Ruth Brehm and Teddy Rask as sisted by Mildred Hicks and Will- la red iam Christianson. The pictures showed the childhood and the school days of the bride, the de parture of the bride and groom on their wedding journey with their numerous suitcases, par cels and umbrellas, and their first dinner in their own home. Following the pantomime, Ruth Brehm passed packages to the guests which contained needles, thread and thimbles and some cloth, and each guest hemmed a dust cloth for Miss Kennedy's future use. When this work was finished a luncheon was served in the dining room which was beautifully decorated with red and white tulips and ferns. Miss Kennedy was then present ed with a small trunk filled with parcels, a miscellaneous variety of useful and pretty gifts. The ladies of the Eastern Star gave a kitchen shower for Miss Kennedy at the home of Mrs. J. A. Rickert last Monday evening which was greatly enjoyed by all present. The parcels were tied to strings fastened to a com mon center, and were hidden about in three rooms, the whole mass of strings much amusement. A delightful buffet lunch was then served. a great empire as Russia. The leval ladivs ot' the W. C. T. V. sue solely responsible for whatever appears under this The lcv.il lit' flu» \V caelum 1* I' .Ii-«» VIM-OUT OK UNION MKKTINti. The W. C. T. IT. met with Mrs. Swvmtmson last Friday .evening. Fifteen ladies were present. In the absence of the president, the secretary. vs. N. K. Kudie, called the meeting to order, and the regular business of the even ing was transacted. At the close of !ite business some lively dis cussions wore enjoyed. One im port ant: item of business was the election of Mrs. Dan Knight as president, of the Union. vs. E. I N. .Indkins was elected first vice president and Mrs. Swenumson, second vice president. Reports on convention plans were made by the different special commit tees. Mesdames Kii'ight, ,1 ud= kins, Swenumson and Kudie were elected delegates to the con vention. Mrs. McKeever made some interesting and encourag ing farewell remarks to the members of the Union, and Mrs. Kivle.v responded with some words of appreciation. Two new member* were added to the Union. nrSTIUVT VOX VKNTION The District Convention of the W. ('. T. U. meets in Sisseton next week Tuesday and Wednes day. April? and b. We are not able yet to publish the whole program. Monday evening the members of the local Union will give a reception to the delegates. Tuesday morning the business of the convention will begin. Part of the time of the conven tion will be given to temperance work. and part to that of woman suffrage. The program for Wed nesday evening will he a Suffrage Contest. Four of the Sisseton ladies will take part. Most of the speakers of the convention will be from away. The conven tion will be held in the M. E. Church. All the ladies of the town are urged to get into as many of the meetings as possible. In Russia the peasants have stood on a very low grade of civ ilization, have been very illiterate and also very much demoralized by the abuse of vodka, a spiritu ous drink. This drink was de a government monopoly, and the war with Japan was fought with funds derived from this source. Last year the gov ernment of the czar realized from the sale of liquor the sum of $412,000,000. The statesmen of the nation began to realize the result of this traffic, and one of the leading pa pers declared "Public drunken ness has been growing to extra ordinary proportions, and the in crease in drinking has assumed a really threatening character." Mr. Menshikov said "No matter how much bureaucratic influence the 'liquor publicists' should ex pend the fate of the liquor mon opoly in Russia is already decid ed. If not the days, the years of this unhappy child of Count Witte and Kodovtzov are number ed." The Council of the Russian Empire in February adopted vig orus measures for the regulation of the sale of liquor, prohibiting its sale in towns between eleven o'clock at night and nine o'clock in the morning, and after six o'clock in the evening in the coun try also prohibiting it entirely presenting the! in many public establishments*, appearance of a vast cobweb. I Count Witte recently made a dra To Miss Kennedy was given the matic appeal to the Council to difficult task of untangling the web and finding the hidden gifts The rhymes which accompanied the parcels were a source of stop the consumption of spirits, which he declared was leading Russia to ruin. The emperor is himself a total abstainer. It is cheering to notice this growth 0f temperance sentiment in such W. C. T. U. COLUMN The Merry Travelers Official Proceedings fi*» H« who took part. The star parts wen» taken by Mrs. YY. J. Thom as and \\. F. Miller, both of whom did line work. The solos and chorus work, the violin num bers by Miss Hazel ISaumhaeh, with Miss Dorothy Brown as ac companist. all received encores: and the music by Bollenbeek's orchestra was of the best. I'AST OK Cll AU.U'TKUS vs.Traveler, rs- W. .1. Thomas Mr. Traveler. ..Mr. W. F. Miller Grace Traveler...... Manna. Rask Gladys Buyer, Mrs. Paul Rickert Stella, Moore Miss Dietert May Parker. Miss Cauley Ilillie Landon Mr. Porter rank alconi, r. P. M. Ricke rt Jack Brewster .Selmer Rask Ned Walters ...Mr. McCoy Nannette Miss Simmons Hezekiah Seeds Dr. Schettler Samantha Seeds.. Laura Rask Cousin Moses Mr. DeArmet Miss Bachelor, Mrs.P. H. Brown OlIOltUK HKOI'LI. Mr. Porter Mr. Rickert Dr. Schettler Mr. McCoy Mr. Ness Mr. Rask Mr. Carl berg Mr. Bender 1 The "Merry Travelers as given by home talent at the op- Of the Board of County Commis era house Wednesday night was sioners gi\en a hearty greeting at all Sisseton, S. D., Feb '4th 1914 stages of the game. The entire The board of county com mis performance was a credit, to Miss sioners met Miss Rask Miss Cauley Mrs. Rickert Mrs. Schettler Miss Dietert Miss H. Rask Miss Simmons Miss Sabb Mrs. Brown and Children's Choruses Mrs. Osraan, Pianist CHORUSES Act I—Hotel in Paris. Act II—Garden Scene in Spain. Act III—Carnival Scene in Am erica. Specialties—Chorus Introduced. Blanket Bay, Marjorie Brown and Chorus Hayseeds, Carrol Babcock, Ober Rask and Chorus Sympathy Gladys Lewis Shadows, Mildred Axness and Chorus Can't Live Without a Girl, Mr. Porter and Chorus That's How I Need You, ...Dr. Schettler and Chorus Quaker Song, Mrs. Scheff ler, Selmer Rask and Chorus Great to be Home, Mr. Por ter and Chorus Good Bye Everybody Entire Cast Violin Solo Miss Baumbach Vocal Solo Mrs. Brown Notice of Teachers' Examination and Teachers' Meeting Notice is hereby giVen that the next regular examinations for Teachers' Certificates of Second and Third grade, and Primary Certificates will be hold in the court room at Sisseton, South Dakota, on Thursday and Friday, April 9, and 10, 1914, beginning at the hour of 8:30 o'clock on Thursday morning. The next regular meeting of the Sisseton division of the Teachers' Reading Circle and Sisseton District Institute will be held in the court room in Sis seton, Saturday, April 11, 1914, beginning at 10:30 o'clock-in the forenoon. A very helpful pro- interested in the public schools are cordially invited to with us. gram has been planned and all prize winners of the evening None of the previous winners meet will enter the "free for all" con test. Everybody welcome. BONNIE ANDREWS, County Superintendent fJ-£ Nt). 4L as Hazel I aimer of Little Falls, jail members present. Minn... who had charge of the Petition from the Wilmot Com rilling, etc.. as well as to all1 me,rial Club asking for an ap propriation from the farmer's per adjournment. rom institute fund to help them in paying rent for rooms to hold t.heir I armors institute, which on account of their school house buriling, and a,II available room was in use lor school purposes, makes it harder for them to get rooms for institute work-, and having to pay higher rent than formerly. Motion made by S. L. Roniund and seconded by M. L. ickclson that the balance in farmer's Institut« fund of $52.75 be allowed Wilmot city to aid them in holding their farmer's institute. Carried all members voting aye. Bills ill lowed and rejected as follows: Willie Benson, 69bushels seed wheat for poor farm, 80c. per bushel $ 48 00 P. H. Bollenbeck, hall rent for teachers meet ing 10 00 Corona Mercantile Co., merchandise, Nancy Richert $11.20 rejected S. E. Oscarson & Co.. tndse. Minor poor 10 35 William Aiken services town marshall, State vs Geo. Scott 2 45 William Aiken services town marshall State vs N. O'Toole $23.25, ah lowed 21 1£ William Aiken services town marshall State vs Albert Gassell $24.40 allowed 21 22 Hayes Bollman, justice fees 4 05 Weis & Theis repair of jail 2 00 E. A. Eastman, mileage, proposalman, Spring dale township 5 00 Aug. Wm. Hartge. draw ing plats and recording 44 62 Aug. Wm. Hartge,draw ing plats and recording 5 04 Board adjourned until 9 o'clock February 25th, 1914. Board met as per adjourn ment, all members present. Bills allowed and rejected as follows: H. L. Eidet, care and keep of Frank Wolliver poor $152 75 Hans Krogstad mileage as proposalman, En terprise Twp 1 80 Olaf Nergaard, mileage as proposalman, Grant township 40 A. K. Eggen, mileage as proposolman, Hart Tp 2 20 S. H. Malm, mileage as proposalman, Easter.. 2 60 Frank Good boy, witness fees, municipal court $13.00 allowed 11 80 Mat Leddy, witness fees municipal court 6 10 James McChain, witness fees municipal court 2 10 (Continued on 4th Page) Notice of Spelling Contest Friday evening, April 10th, beginning at 8 o'clock, a "free for aK" spelling contest will be held in the court room at Sisse ton, followed by a contest be tween the prize winners of pre the vious spelling contests and il/A" BONNIE ANDREWS, County Superintendent.!